Newtown man deliberately drove at girlfriend

Last updated 15:42 20/08/2012

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A Newtown man deliberately drove at his one-time girlfriend hitting her with his car and breaking her hip and ankle, a Wellington jury has heard.

William Lawrence Anderson, 41, an engineer, had pleaded not guilty to wounding Julianne Miles with intent to cause her grievous bodily harm on December 1, 2010.

Crown prosecutor Dale La Hood said Anderson had met Ms Miles that morning at a mutual friend's place and they left together.  During the car ride they got into an argument over the way he was driving.

When they stopped at the lights at the intersection of John St and Adelaide Rd, Ms Miles got out of the car and walked off.

Mr La Hood said he then drove around a line of traffic, accelerated after her, mounted the footpath and ran into her only stopping when he hit a wall.

"She was on the ground screaming in pain.  He and another man picked her up and drove her to the hospital."

He said Anderson had already pleaded guilty to wounding Ms Miles with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

He told the jury that meant he accepted causing the injury but he did not intend to do it. The Crown had to prove that he had meant to do it deliberately.

Defence lawyer Brett Crowley said Anderson accepted he had injured Ms Miles but maintained he had been trying to get her to stop so he could talk to her.  He had tried to hit the brake but the car had not stopped in time and he had hit her instead.

The trial at Wellington District Court is expected to finish this week.

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